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European Democracies

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Edition:
5th
ISBN13:

9780321077738

ISBN10:
0321077733
Media:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2007
Publisher(s):
Longman
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Summary

With his new co-author, Markus Crepaz, Jurg Steiner has brought this best-selling text completely up-to-date. Using a comparative approach, the text crosses national and political boundaries in its coverage of Europe. Starting with detailed coverage of the basic differences between Europe and the United States in a new introductory chapter, the revision puts Europe in a global perspective and no longer divides its coverage between Western and Eastern Europe: Europe is now treated as a single entity.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Becoming Modern in Europe and America: Different History, Different Politics
1(15)
How Do We Know That Europe Is Different?
1(6)
Explaining Differences: The Impact of History, Geography, and Culture
7(5)
Structure of the Book
12(4)
Political Parties
16(33)
Political Parties---The ``Children of Democracy''
16(1)
Functions of Political Parties
17(1)
Differences Between Political Parties and Interest Groups
18(1)
Socialists
19(6)
Liberals
25(2)
Conservatives
27(4)
Christian Democrats
31(1)
New Radical Right
31(5)
Greens
36(3)
Regional Parties
39(2)
A Multidimensional Political Space
41(3)
Membership in Political Parties
44(1)
Stability and Change of Parties and Party Systems
45(4)
Parliamentary Election Systems
49(29)
Winner-Take-All: Great Britain
50(5)
Party List Proportional Representation: The Netherlands
55(2)
Personalized Proportional Representation: Switzerland, Ireland, and Germany
57(6)
Switzerland
57(2)
Ireland
59(2)
Germany
61(2)
Changing the Electoral System: France and Italy
63(13)
France
63(5)
Italy
68(8)
Voter Turnout
76(2)
Cabinet Formation and Heads of State
78(33)
Single-Party Majority Cabinets
80(6)
How Are Cabinet Decisions Usually Made in Great Britain?
83(3)
Minimal-Winning Cabinets
86(4)
Oversized Cabinets
90(2)
Minority Cabinets
92(2)
Cabinet Instability
94(5)
The Semipresidential System of France
99(4)
Advantages and Disadvantages of Parliamentary and Presidential Systems
103(2)
Advantages and Disadvantages of Presidentialism
103(1)
Advantages and Disadvantages of Parliamentarism
104(1)
Heads of State
105(6)
Monarchial Head of State
105(3)
Elected Heads of State
108(3)
Courts
111(8)
Great Britain
112(2)
Switzerland
114(1)
Germany
115(2)
France
117(2)
Federalism and Referendum
119(11)
Switzerland: Prototypical Case of a Federalist Country with a Strong Referendum
119(5)
European Trend Toward Federalism and Referenda
124(3)
Arguments Against Federalism and Referenda
127(3)
Social Movements
130(14)
Environmental Movement
130(3)
Peace and Third-World Movement
133(1)
Women's Movement
134(3)
Youth Movement
137(7)
The State and Economic Interest Groups
144(15)
The State as a Political Actor
144(2)
Economic Interest Groups
146(2)
Pluralism and Corporatism
148(3)
The Theory of Corporatism
151(8)
The Future of Corporatism
154(5)
Policy Outcomes
159(17)
Explaining Policy Outcomes
161(15)
The End of the Cold War
176(18)
Classical Marxism
177(2)
Neo-Marxism
179(4)
Communism in Western Europe
183(3)
Communism in Eastern Europe
186(8)
Hungary
187(1)
Poland
188(1)
East Germany
189(5)
Transitions to Democracy
194(15)
The Federal Republic of Germany After 1945
194(2)
Italy After 1945
196(1)
Spain After 1975
197(1)
Hungary After 1989
198(2)
Poland After 1989
200(4)
Ukraine in 2004
204(2)
Explanations
206(3)
Nationalism and Ethnicity
209(20)
War in Former Yugoslavia
210(8)
Northern Ireland
218(2)
Basque Country
220(2)
Immigration
222(1)
Sport Events
223(2)
More Benign Aspects
225(4)
Power Sharing in Deeply Divided Societies
229(31)
Development of the Theory of Power Sharing
229(4)
Critique of the Theory of Power Sharing
233(6)
Northern Ireland
239(8)
Former Czechoslovakia
247(3)
Former Yugoslavia
250(6)
Normative Evaluation of Power Sharing
256(4)
The European Union
260(29)
History of European Integration
260(3)
Council of Ministers
263(4)
European Council
267(1)
European Commission
268(1)
European Parliament
269(6)
European Court of Justice
275(3)
European Bureaucracy
278(1)
What Does the European Union Do?
278(3)
Agricultural Policy
278(1)
Regional and Development Policy
279(1)
Common Currency---the Euro
279(1)
Continued Expansion: Where Does ``Europe'' End?
280(1)
Outlook
281(2)
A Constitution for Europe: ``Non'' and ``Nee''
283(6)
Globalization and European Democracies
289(22)
What Is Globalization?
290(4)
How Should Globalization Be Measured?
294(2)
The Challenges of Globalization for European Democracies
296(11)
The Welfare State and Globalization
297(3)
Immigration and Globalization
300(5)
Globalization and the Fragility of Community
305(2)
Is Globalization a Threat or an Opportunity for European Democracies?
307(4)
Index 311


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